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Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes Homers; Jacob Taylor Gets Roughed Up in Return to Mound

Ke'Bryan Hayes hit his first home run of the season. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes Homers; Jacob Taylor Gets Roughed Up in Return to Mound
John Dreker

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time, or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. Everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season, he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, IndianapolisDNP

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, BradentonDNP

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona1 for 4, SB

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton1 for 5

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton3 for 5, 2B , HR

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton2 for 5

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, BradentonDNP

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

10. Steven Brault, LHP, IndianapolisDNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Bristol DNP

13. Max Kranick, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis 0 for 1

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West VirginiaDNP

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, IndianapolisDNP

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, AltoonaDNP

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, AltoonaDNP

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West VirginiaDNP

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, AltoonaDNP

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Bristol – DNP

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, IndianapolisDNP

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Pirates –DNP

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis0 for 3

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, AltoonaDNP

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis2 for 5

29. Connor Joe, 3B, AltoonaDNP

30. Jin-De Jhang, C, Altoona – DNP

P2 Top Performers

Hits

Ke’Bryan Hayes
3 for 5
Raul Hernandez
3 for 4
Starling Marte
3 for 5
Adrian Valerio
3 for 5
Ben Bengtson
2 for 5

HR’s

Ben Bengtson
1
Ke’Bryan Hayes
1
Ty Moore
1
Hunter Owen
1

K’s

Tanner Anderson
8
Tyler Eppler
3
Evan Piechota
3
Dylan Prohoroff
3
Joel Cesar
2

Game Score

Gage Hinsz
49
Tanner Anderson
45
Tyler Eppler
41
Gavin Wallace
41
James Marvel
38

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LOU 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 12 1
IND 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 11 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Marte LF 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .444
Perez, E CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .423
   b-Ortiz PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .292 .422
Bostick 2B 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .291 .350 .442
Luplow RF 2 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 .316 .438 .605
Terdoslavich 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .266 .359 .396
Wood 3B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .252 .331 .469
Ngoepe SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209 .282 .336
Stallings C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .254 .324 .392
   Santana P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eppler P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .182 .182
   a-Weiss PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .272 .335 .404
   DuRapau P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
   Sanchez, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
   Diaz, E C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .299 .382

a-Singled for Eppler in the 6th. b-Flied out for Perez, E in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Marte (1, Garrett); Luplow (2, Garrett); Terdoslavich (14, Garrett).
TB: Bostick 2; Luplow 3; Weiss; Stallings; Ngoepe; Marte 4; Terdoslavich 2.
RBI: Luplow (9); Terdoslavich (30); Weiss 2 (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terdoslavich; Perez, E.
SAC: Perez, E.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Luplow (1, 2nd base by Shackelford/Wallach).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Eppler (Sweeney at 1st base).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Eppler 6 9 4 4 1 3 1 4.63 6.43 2.77
DuRapau (H, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 9 0
Sanchez, A (H, 6) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.15 10.88 2.72
Santana (BS, 1)(L, 1-2) 1 3 2 2 1 0 0 2.13 8.76 2.13


Garrett pitched to 5 batters in the 6th.

Game Scores: Garrett 36; Eppler 41.
WP: Garrett 2; Santana.
HBP: Jagielo (by Eppler).
Pitches-strikes: Garrett 83-56; Shackelford 25-14; Herget 28-19; Eppler 88-56; DuRapau 13-8; Sanchez, A 14-9; Santana 18-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Garrett 6-3; Shackelford 1-1; Herget 2-2; Eppler 4-6; DuRapau 0-0; Sanchez, A 2-0; Santana 1-1.
Batters faced: Garrett 25; Shackelford 7; Herget 7; Eppler 28; DuRapau 3; Sanchez, A 3; Santana 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Shackelford 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Jeremie Rehak. 1B: Ryan Additon. 2B: Sean Barber. 3B: Adam Beck.
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 2 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 1:36 PM.
T: 2:41.
Att: 10,150.
Venue: Victory Field.
July 16, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Eppler had some good innings, but he also had a few rough moments and that sums up his last month-and-a-half.

There were flashes of efficiency against Louisville, retiring the side in order in two innings. Eppler also retired eight batters in a row at one point.

But there was also the second inning when Eppler allowed three runs on three singles, a triple and a walk. He also allowed a solo home run to Darnell Sweeney in the fourth inning.

The problem was simple: Eppler didn’t have good fastball command, Indianapolis manager Andy Barkett said.

“His fastball command wasn’t there today and he wasn’t able to establish fastball on both sides of the plate to set up his offspeed pitches,” Barkett said. “He did have some efficient innings and got back into some counts, but overall there wasn’t enough fastball command for him to be consistent.”

Eppler rebounded quickly from allowing three runs in the second inning, retiring the side in order on seven pitches in the third inning. He retired Louisville’s 3-4-5 hitters on a bunt attempt and two popouts. That efficiency continued into the fourth inning, when Eppler retired the side on 12 pitches.

Louisville loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a hit-by-pitch, Chad Wallach single and an infield single from pitcher Amir Garrett, though Indianapolis second baseman Christopher Bostick made a nice diving stop on Garrett’s hit to keep the ball from getting into the outfield and allowing a run to score. Eppler got out of the jam by inducing Sweeney to fly out.

“I just made some poor pitches that got hit around,” Eppler said. “When I’ve had guys on base I’ve been trying to make those perfect pitches instead of just sticking to my game and pitching. That’s what’s been killing me lately: trying to do too much and making too fine of a pitch, and leaving one over the plate.”

Indianapolis scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Jordan Luplow and Joey Terdoslavich each had an RBI double, while Erich Weiss had a two-run, pinch-hit single.

Montana DuRapau made his Triple-A debut, entering in the seventh with Indianapolis ahead 5-4. He retired the side on two pop-outs and a strikeout of Brandon Dixon.

DuRapau was sitting 93 MPH with his fastball and touched 94 once.

“I like the kid and the kid knows how to pitch,” Barkett said. “He’s got some intestinal fortitude and he’s not afraid. I’m a big fan and looking forward to him helping our bullpen and picking up where (Josh) Lindblom left off.

Indianapolis reliever Edgar Santana had his first blown save of the season, allowing a pair of doubles in the ninth inning that gave Louisville a 6-5 lead.

Elias Diaz made two nice plays on pair of dribblers towards the pitching mound. Santana fielded the first one and threw to first, which necessitated Diaz to slide to the ground to avoid getting in Santana’s throw. The Louisville runner tried to score from third on the play, but Diaz jumped back up and caught the throw home to tag the runner out. He also made a nice play on the second dribbler of the inning, making an awkward throw after quickly fielding the hit.

Starling Marte was 3-for-5 with an bunt single, single and double in his final rehab game with Indianapolis before rejoining the Pirates on Tuesday. He was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple.

Marte hit .333 (12-for-36) with Indianapolis on his rehab.

“I think he’s ready to go,” Barkett said. “It’s been a long road for him and I think he’s got enough at-bats here to have some timing. It looked today like he could have played in the big leagues and played well.” – Brian Peloza

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BOW 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 9 11 1
ALT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Newman SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .257 .308 .356
Maffei CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .158 .385 .158
Hill LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .265 .387 .408
Espinal, E 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291 .333 .475
Suiter DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .316 .407 .506
Mathisen 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .291 .376 .398
Suchy RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .181 .255 .244
Morales, T C 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202 .253 .315
Ratledge 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111 .158 .139
Anderson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313 .353 .313
Brentz P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rosario, M P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
TB: Morales, T 2; Mathisen; Maffei; Newman; Espinal, E.
RBI: Hill (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maffei; Morales, T 2.
SF: Hill.
GIDP: Suiter; Suchy.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Newman (4, 2nd base off Long/Perez, A).

FIELDING
E: Ratledge (2, fielding); Mathisen (9, fielding).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Anderson (L, 7-8) 6.2 8 5 5 3 8 1 4.01 5.79 2.2
Brentz 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 0 11.37 9 15
Rosario, M 2 2 2 2 4 2 1 1.27 8.57 6


Brentz pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Game Scores: Long 70; Anderson 45.
WP: Garcia, Ja 2; Anderson.
IBB: Rodriguez, A (by Anderson).
Pitches-strikes: Long 95-65; McGough 12-8; Garcia, Ja 29-13; Anderson 109-72; Brentz 9-3; Rosario, M 53-28.
Groundouts-flyouts: Long 12-5; McGough 2-1; Garcia, Ja 1-1; Anderson 12-1; Brentz 0-1; Rosario, M 1-0.
Batters faced: Long 26; McGough 3; Garcia, Ja 6; Anderson 33; Brentz 3; Rosario, M 12.
Inherited runners-scored: Brentz 2-0; Rosario, M 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Dave Attridge. 1B: Aaron Higgins. 3B: Richard Riley.
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 6:03 PM.
T: 2:48.
Att: 5,484.
Venue: Peoples Natural Gas Field.
July 16, 2017

ALTOONA, Pa. – Tanner Anderson made his 17th start of the season, and it has been a great one so far for the right handed sinkerballer. Anderson has the best ground ball rate in all of Double-A baseball at 61.3%, and he had the second-best FIP in the Eastern League (3.18) entering tonight’s game. He’s also had 4.00 ground balls to every fly ball, which is 1.09 more than any other pitcher in Double-A baseball (second best is 2.91 GB/FB). Needless to say, Anderson has been effective at getting the ball on the ground.

Tonight, Anderson continued to get the ball on the ground for the majority of his outing; however, Bowie scattered five runs against him, with a two-run homer in the seventh being the nail in the coffin. He did match a career high in strikeouts with eight, but Bowie was able to sneak too many balls through the infield and took advantage of some spotty defense for the Curve.

Bowie jumped Anderson early in the first inning, as it did not look like he was as sharp as usual early in the game. His control was spotty in the first, and Bowie didn’t necessarily hit the ball hard against him, but they were able to get two quick runs on the board. He settled down after that until the seventh inning, when he was pulled after giving up the home run and double. He threw 109 pitches, only two outings after throwing 110 pitches in eight scoreless innings against Binghamton.

Anderson had only given up three home runs this season before tonight, with two of those being against this same Bowie team a few weeks ago. That first start against Bowie for Anderson was arguably his worst start of the season, so it’s easy to say that the Baysox have his number.

The encouraging part of his outing tonight were the strikeouts. He used both fastballs and breaking balls to get batters out on strikes, and they were usually of the swinging variety. On a few instances, it looked like Anderson had the batter completely fooled on the strikeout pitch. He is only averaging 5.4 K/9 this season, so a night like tonight is good to see. If Anderson can continue to get the opposition to pound the ball into the ground, as well as add a few more strikeouts to his resume, he could become an even more noteworthy pitcher in the Pirates’ system.

Jake Brentz relieved Anderson in the seventh. He came out for the eighth inning and gave up a lead-off walk. During the next at-bat, the batter lined a ball to the right side, and Brentz went down in a heap after the play. It looked as thought he hurt his knee, and Michael Ryan said after the game that his leg got caught and buckled. He will be evaluated later.

Miguel Rosario had to come in to relieve Brentz, and he did not look right at all. Rosario had very little control, but it’s not worth taking much stock in his performance because of him having to warm up quickly on the field after Brentz’s injury.

From the offensive side, there was nothing really happening tonight for the Curve. Tomas Morales was the only player with multiple hits, and he had two singles. When your lineup has four hitters who started the game batting under .200, there honestly can’t be much to expect offensively.

The Curve lost this one to Bowie, 9-1. They dropped three out of four to the now first place Bowie team, and they fall to two games back in the divisional race. Although Anderson’s line doesn’t reflect it, they got decent starting pitching all series against a very good offensive powerhouse. There were some hiccups from their bullpen, but overall, they can take a lot from this series and hopefully build on it down the road. -Sean McCool

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRA 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 12 0
DUN 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 x 4 9 2


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Tucker SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .287 .368 .429
Hayes 3B 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 .273 .354 .339
Craig DH 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .286 .390 .409
George 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .290 .385 .452
Moore LF 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .231 .317 .442
Krause RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .290 .379 .477
Reyes, Al 2B 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .228 .264 .331
Bormann C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .190 .290 .253
Bastardo CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .130 .231 .130
Hinsz P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hartlieb P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Hayes (7, Snead).
3B: Reyes, Al (5, Cole).
HR: Hayes (1, 5th inning off Fisk, 0 on, 2 out); Moore (3, 6th inning off Fisk, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Tucker; Reyes, Al 4; Moore 4; Krause 2; Hayes 7; Craig 2; George.
RBI: Hayes (27); Moore (9); Craig (45).
2-out RBI: Hayes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moore 2; Bastardo; Bormann 2; Tucker 2.
GIDP: Tucker; George.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bastardo 2 (De La Cruz, M at 2nd base, Panas at 2nd base).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Hinsz 6 6 3 3 3 0 0 5.56 5.11 3
Hartlieb (L, 1-1) 2 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.08 9 2.77


Game Scores: Hinsz 49; Cole 47.
WP: Jackson.
HBP: Davis, D (by Hartlieb).
Pitches-strikes: Hinsz 91-58; Hartlieb 32-18; Cole 31-21; Fisk 79-54; Jackson 26-11; Snead 18-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hinsz 10-2; Hartlieb 1-2; Cole 2-2; Fisk 6-3; Jackson 0-1; Snead 1-1.
Batters faced: Hinsz 26; Hartlieb 9; Cole 9; Fisk 22; Jackson 6; Snead 4.
Umpires: HP: Greg Roemer. 1B: J.C. Velez.
Weather: 77 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 5:03 PM.
T: 2:34.
Att: 341.
Venue: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
July 16, 2017

Bradenton lost 4-3 on Sunday to Dunedin. Gage Hinsz started after pitching in relief earlier this week. That hasn’t worked out well for anyone this season, but the Pirates continue to use starting pitchers in the bullpen to give them rest. Hinsz didn’t have a horrible start, but he came into the game with a 2.10 ERA since the FSL All-Star break a month ago. He went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. The bad part was that he has zero strikeouts, but he made up for that with an impressive 10:2 GO/AO ratio. Five of the six hits against him went for extra bases, so Dunedin was making some good contact in between all of the grounders.

Ke’Bryan Hayes connected on his first home run of the season. He finished the day 3-for-5, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Will Craig had two singles and drove in a run. Cole Tucker was 1-for-5 with a run scored. Kevin Krause and Alfredo Reyes each had two hits. Jordan George celebrated his 25th birthday with a single and a walk. Alexis Bastardo picked up two outfield assists.

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
GBO 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 7 9 1
WVA 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 11 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Valerio SS 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .305 .439
Munoz, C DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .276 .386 .404
Baur 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .290 .372 .424
Owen 3B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .288 .385 .489
Pabst C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .253 .311 .337
Eagan RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .300 .344
Mahala 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .233 .308 .297
Fernandez, V LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .289 .253
   Nagle LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158 .238 .158
Brown, G CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .292 .324 .323
Marvel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Prohoroff P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eckelman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Munoz, C (18, Mertz).
HR: Owen (10, 5th inning off Beggs, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Fernandez, V; Brown, G; Mahala; Owen 4; Munoz, C 3; Valerio 3; Pabst 2.
RBI: Owen (40); Munoz, C (40); Pabst (17).
2-out RBI: Pabst.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brown, G; Eagan; Munoz, C.
GIDP: Pabst.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Brown, G (5, 2nd base off Beggs/De La Rosa, B).
PO: Fernandez, V (1st base by Beggs); Munoz, C (1st base by Beggs).

FIELDING
E: Brown, G (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: Nagle (Gutierrez at home).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Marvel (L, 4-7) 5 4 6 3 4 2 0 4.17 6.78 2.92
Prohoroff 2 4 1 1 0 3 0 4.40 9 3.14
Eckelman 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.96 6.2 3.2


Game Scores: Beggs 51; Marvel 38.
HBP: Owen (by Beggs).
Pitches-strikes: Beggs 81-55; Mertz 37-26; Bautista 25-15; Marvel 84-50; Prohoroff 30-21; Eckelman 26-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Beggs 3-3; Mertz 2-1; Bautista 1-3; Marvel 6-6; Prohoroff 2-0; Eckelman 1-3.
Batters faced: Beggs 23; Mertz 9; Bautista 6; Marvel 24; Prohoroff 9; Eckelman 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Bautista 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Zach Neff. 1B: Sam Burch.
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 2:07 PM.
T: 2:52.
Att: 1,285.
Venue: Appalachian Power Park.
July 16, 2017

West Virginia lost 7-3 to Greensboro on Sunday. James Marvel started and had a tough first couple batters, then a tough final few batters, with not much in between. Marvel walked the lead-off batter, then allowed a triple and an RBI ground out to make it a 2-0 score just three batters into the game. A third run scored in the second inning on a walk, infield single, sacrifice bunt and ground out. He looked like he would get through five innings with three runs allowed, but Garrett Brown dropped a two out fly ball with the bases loaded, which allowed all three runners to score. That ended Marvel’s day and gave Greensboro all of the runs they would need.

The Power had 14 base runners, but they couldn’t put together any big innings, scoring solo runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Adrian Valerio had three hits, though he was left stranded on base each time. Hunter Owen had a streak of six games with a double coming into today. That was lost, but he did connect on his tenth home run and he was hit by a pitch for the 24th time. Carlos Munoz hit his 18th double. Arden Pabst had two hits and an RBI.

Prospect-Watch-Morgantown

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STA 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 1 7 12 1
WEV 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Sharpe CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .321 .200
Madris RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .306 .333
Oliva LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .203 .264 .266
Gray DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .364 .438 .618
Siri 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .348 .377
Barraza 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .230 .338 .377
De La Cruz, J 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .143 .236 .163
Hernandez, R C 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.000
Pope SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .364 .286
Wallace P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Oller P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sulser P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Seelinger P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Cesar P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Siri (4, De Paula); Hernandez, R (1, Palladino).
TB: Hernandez, R 4; Pope; Madris; Siri 2; Barraza.
RBI: Pope (3); Barraza (12).
2-out RBI: Pope.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sharpe 2; Pope.
GIDP: Oliva.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Siri (5, throw).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Wallace (L, 0-2) 4.2 7 5 5 0 2 0 4.91 8.5 0.5
Oller 1.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0.66 9 2.08
Sulser 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.50 13.5 0.9
Seelinger 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 12.38 2.25
Cesar 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 2.00 9 5


Game Scores: De Paula 51; Wallace 41.
WP: Wallace; Oller.
Pitches-strikes: De Paula 80-55; Palladino 34-22; Hodson 10-8; Weissert 6-5; Wallace 70-51; Oller 24-18; Sulser 15-12; Seelinger 14-11; Cesar 12-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: De Paula 3-4; Palladino 2-0; Hodson 0-1; Weissert 2-1; Wallace 8-3; Oller 2-2; Sulser 0-0; Seelinger 1-1; Cesar 0-1.
Batters faced: De Paula 23; Palladino 7; Hodson 4; Weissert 3; Wallace 22; Oller 7; Sulser 4; Seelinger 3; Cesar 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hodson 1-0; Oller 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ben Rosen. 1B: Scott Molloy.
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
First pitch: 4:06 PM.
T: 2:38.
Att: 2,158.
Venue: Monongalia County Ballpark.
July 16, 2017

Morgantown lost 7-2 to Staten Island on Sunday. Gavin Wallace started and allowed five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. All of the damage came during the fifth inning, when the Yankees put together six hits off Wallace to chase him from the game. Adam Oller stranded an inherited runner in the fifth, then allowed a run of his own in the sixth. The Yankees capped off their scoring with a solo homer off of Joel Cesar in the ninth. That was just the third hit allowed by Cesar in eight appearances and it was a tough pitch to hit out. A left-handed batter turned on a shoulder high fastball, which is usually in the 94-96 MPH range from Cesar.

Morgantown didn’t have much on offense outside of catcher Raul Hernandez, who was making his debut with the team after being promoted from Bristol a few days ago. He collected three of their seven hits, including his first double. Raul Siri had a double and run scored. Brett Pope had an RBI single. The 1-4 hitters, consisting of Chris Sharpe, Bligh Madris, Jared Oliva and Tristan Gray, combined to go 1-for-15.

Prospect-Watch-Bristol
Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PRI 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 13 0
BRI 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 9 8 3


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Benitez, L RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .242 .286 .288
Lantigua LF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .296 .432 .549
Bengtson 3B 5 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 .333 .440 .452
Watson SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .211 .375 .263
Diorio DH 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .318 .446 .614
Brands C 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .260 .362 .460
Rosario, H CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 .304 .385 .571
De Jesus, J 1B 4 0 2 1 1 0 4 0 2 .219 .288 .370
Valaika 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .146 .234 .171
Taylor P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Piechota P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Manasa P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Pichardo, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Muhl P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: De Jesus, J (4, Moncada, L).
3B: De Jesus, J (2, Sanchez, C); Rosario, H (1, Zombro).
HR: Bengtson (1, 1st inning off Sanchez, C, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Valaika; De Jesus, J 5; Rosario, H 3; Diorio; Bengtson 5; Brands.
RBI: Bengtson 2 (4); Rosario, H 2 (12); De Jesus, J 4 (12); Valaika (5).
2-out RBI: De Jesus, J 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Valaika; Bengtson.
SF: Rosario, H.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Rosario, H (2, throw); Lantigua (3, fielding); Valaika (5, throw).
DP: (Watson-Valaika-De Jesus, J).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Taylor (L, 0-1) 0 5 7 7 1 0 0 9.00 4.09 4.91
Piechota 3 5 3 2 0 3 0 3.33 6 0.75
Manasa 3 2 2 2 0 1 1 6.94 4.91 3.27
Pichardo, A 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 9.64 8 7
Muhl 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.29 1.29


Zombro pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.
Taylor pitched to 7 batters in the 1st.

Game Scores: Sanchez, C 36; Taylor 7.
WP: Taylor.
HBP: Davis (by Taylor); Bridgman (by Piechota); Hair (by Piechota); Bridgman (by Muhl); Benitez, L (by Goodbrand).
Pitches-strikes: Sanchez, C 61-36; Moncada, L 45-27; Zombro 19-9; Goodbrand 17-9; Taylor 26-15; Piechota 57-37; Manasa 34-26; Pichardo, A 23-17; Muhl 13-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sanchez, C 5-2; Moncada, L 3-2; Zombro 1-1; Goodbrand 0-1; Taylor 0-0; Piechota 1-4; Manasa 3-1; Pichardo, A 2-0; Muhl 2-1.
Batters faced: Sanchez, C 18; Moncada, L 11; Zombro 5; Goodbrand 5; Taylor 7; Piechota 16; Manasa 11; Pichardo, A 6; Muhl 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Goodbrand 1-1; Piechota 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Josh Gilreath. 1B: Chris Silvestri.
Weather: 84 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, L to R.
First pitch: 5:59 PM.
T: 2:38.
Att: 617.
Venue: Boyce Cox Field.
July 16, 2017

Bristol got Jacob Taylor back after two missed starts due to a back injury, but the hard-throwing lefty didn’t last long in this game. Taylor faced seven hitters and allowed five hits, one walk and hit one batter. All seven runs came around to score as part of a ten-run inning by Princeton. He threw 26 pitches, with 15 going for strikes. Evan Piechota finished the first inning, but not before giving up three runs of his own. He then went two scoreless innings before giving way to 11th round draft pick Alex Manasa in the fourth inning. Manasa went three frames, giving up two runs on three hits. He now has a 6.94 ERA through six appearances.

The Pirates didn’t give up on offense because they were down big in the first inning. The final score was 12-9 and Johan De Jesus drove in four of those runs with a double and a triple. Ben Bengtson hit his first pro home run, a two-run shot in the first inning. Henrry Rosario drove in two runs on a triple and a sacrifice fly. Edison Lantigua had a walk and a run scored on an 0-for-4 day.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PIR 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 3
TGW 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 2 x 7 6 0


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Sanchez CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .294 .368 .426
Ngoepe 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .163 .288 .286
Alemais SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .310 .394 .448
Martin RF 4 2 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 .316 .500 .684
Castro, R 3B 4 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 .309 .377 .491
Vizcaino, E LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .400
Granberry C 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 .196 .268 .314
Perez, C 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .340 .306
Portorreal DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .254 .342 .418
Bolton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shields P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Quinones P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sousa P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Castro, R (6, Reuss); Martin (1, Crosby).
3B: Granberry (2, Arriera); Castro, R (2, Crosby).
HR: Martin (2, 2nd inning off Arriera, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Martin 8; Perez, C; Granberry 3; Castro, R 5.
RBI: Martin 3 (5); Castro, R (8).
2-out RBI: Martin 2; Castro, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, C 3; Vizcaino, E; Ngoepe.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
CS: Portorreal (2, home by Crosby/McMillan).

FIELDING
E: Castro, R (4, fielding); Granberry (2, throw); Vizcaino, E (1, fielding).
DP: (Quinones-Granberry-Perez, C).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Bolton 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.80 9 1.8
Shields 1.2 1 3 1 2 2 0 2.70 4.85 9.69
Quinones (L, 0-3) 2.1 3 2 1 0 1 0 3.65 1.5 0
Sousa 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 6.94 9 7.36


Game Scores: Bolton 56; Arriera 49.
WP: Shields; Crosby 2.
HBP: McMillan (by Shields); Tejeda, B (by Quinones); McMillan (by Sousa).
Groundouts-flyouts: Bolton 5-2; Shields 2-0; Quinones 4-1; Sousa 1-1; Arriera 3-2; Reuss 0-2; Crosby 1-0; Lescher 1-1; Carlton 0-0.
Batters faced: Bolton 11; Shields 9; Quinones 12; Sousa 6; Arriera 11; Reuss 10; Crosby 8; Lescher 7; Carlton 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Quinones 3-2; Crosby 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Dylan Bradley. 1B: Tyler Witte.
Weather: 88 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 12:02 PM.
T: 2:52.
Venue: Tigertown.
July 17, 2017

The GCL Pirates are off on Sundays.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DID 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 8 8 1
DPI 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 7 9 3


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Eusebio CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .172 .319 .247
Acuna SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 .196 .401 .275
Inoa C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .355 .452 .559
Apostel 3B 3 3 3 1 0 0 3 2 0 .274 .372 .524
Paulino 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .248 .355 .400
Alcime RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .188 .232 .219
Simmons 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .220 .409 .240
Castillo LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .185 .328 .259
   Garcia, C LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176 .358 .353
Lantigua DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235 .372 .235
   a-Soto PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .426 .295
Bido P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Arrieta P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Machado P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Martinez, A P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Gonzalez, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

a-Grounded out for Lantigua in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Apostel (8, Medina).
TB: Simmons 3; Apostel 4; Castillo; Alcime; Inoa.
RBI: Castillo (7); Apostel 3 (37); Paulino (11); Acuna (13).
2-out RBI: Castillo; Acuna.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paulino 3; Lantigua 4; Inoa 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
CS: Acuna (2, 2nd base by De Jesus, W/Torres).

FIELDING
E: Bido 2 (4, pickoff, pickoff); Arrieta (2, throw).
PB: Inoa (8).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Bido (L, 0-5) 3.2 4 4 3 4 1 0 7.18 6.92 5.88
Arrieta 1.1 4 4 1 0 2 0 3.75 4.13 3.75
Machado 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84 7.5 4.5
Martinez, A 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 13.5 9
Gonzalez, J 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84 8.25 2.25


Alberro pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Game Scores: De Jesus, W 53; Bido 35.
WP: De Jesus, W 2; Gomez; Medina; Alberro 2; Acosta; Bido 2.
HBP: Maestre (by Arrieta).
Groundouts-flyouts: De Jesus, W 1-2; Gomez 0-1; Medina 2-0; Alberro 2-1; Acosta 3-2; Bido 6-3; Arrieta 1-2; Machado 2-2; Martinez, A 1-1; Gonzalez, J 1-2.
Batters faced: De Jesus, W 12; Gomez 6; Medina 8; Alberro 14; Acosta 7; Bido 19; Arrieta 10; Machado 6; Martinez, A 3; Gonzalez, J 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Alberro 2-0; Acosta 1-1; Arrieta 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Zoilo Sanchez. 1B: Juan Gomez.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 10:30 AM.
T: 3:37.
Venue: TBD.
July 17, 2017

The DSL Pirates are off this weekend for the DSL All-Star game.

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